Programs at Williams Grove Speedway were cancelled on Friday night following a tragic accident that, according to police, resulted in the death of Jim Campbell.
During hot laps at the track, Campbell was reportedly involved in a wreck with two other drivers. The track in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania announced shortly after that all events would be called off.
We are sorry to inform that we have cancelled tonights program due to an accident in hot laps. Rainchecks can be used or sent in by 30 days
— Williams Grove (@WilliamsGrove) August 15, 2015
Sprintcar Central then announced the news that Campbell was pronounced dead.
Jim Campbell has passed away. Thoughts to family, team and friends. RIP — Sprintcar Central (@ASprintcars) August 15, 2015
With the news of Jim Campbell, nothing else really matters. As small gesture I won’t be posting any results today. RIP
— Sprintcar Central (@ASprintcars) August 15, 2015
— Ryan Ellis (@ryanellisracing) August 15, 2015
This tragic accident comes at a time when Joshua Jackson, a sprint car driver involved in a different horrific wreck, is still fighting for his life. Funds are being raised on a GoFundMe page for the family to pay his medical bills.
Alex Bowman, driver of the No. 7 Chevrolet for Tommy Baldwin Racing, spoke about Jackson’s wreck and the dangers of open-wheel racing earlier this week.
“It’s really rough to see that, but it’s a part of open-wheel racing,” Bowman said. “It’s just tough to see because I remember Josh Jackson as this crazy kid always running around the track with his grandfather trying to keep him under control. I can’t even fathom the idea of that kid now fighting for his life.
“That’s the sad truth about sprint car racing because it’s so dangerous.”
There have been no announcements about future events at Williams Grove following the fatal accident. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family of Campbell after tonight’s events.